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Bedtime Story (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1941 (USA)
Playwright tries to stop his wife from retiring so he can star her in his next play.

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A Braodway playwright wants to keep on writing plays for his wife to star in, but all she wants is to retire to Connecticut and, following a few 'worlds-apart" discussion of the issue, they get a divorce. The actress marries a banker in a fit of pique only to quickly discover the divorce was not valid. She communicates this information to her not-yet ex-husband and he, to prevent consummation of the invalid marriage rescues her by sending plumbers, waiters, porters, chambermaids, bellhops, desk clerks, exterminators and, finally, a crowd of roistering conventioneers to the suite to ensure no bedtime story would take place there. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Delirious and Delightful Delving Into Love's Most Entrancing Moments of Mirth and Madness! (Movie poster). See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Accadde una sera  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Although SAB claims that this film was based on a play by Horace Jackson and Grant Garrett, the program notes state that the picture was based on an original story by Jackson and Garrett. See more »

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[last lines, at the end of the play's premiere]
Luke Drake: It's a smash hit, Eddie -- it'll run five years!
Jane Drake: Ladies and gentlemen! This will have the shortest run of any of Mr. Drake's plays...
[gasps from audience]
Luke Drake: No, no, no. Five years!
Jane Drake: It will be closed in the early spring by an act of God. And I'm sure Mr. Drake hopes it will be... a boy.
[Luke faints]
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References Theodora Goes Wild (1936) See more »

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Twilight of screwball comedy:
29 March 2006 | by (Charm City) – See all my reviews

All the previous commenters are right: you'll find some things to like here. Exactly which things they are will depend on what you're hoping for. I think Fredric March is terrific as Luke, for the same reason other folks didn't enjoy him so much -- he's not what you're expecting, perhaps because his buttoned-down good looks make a great foil for his deviousness. Here, in mid-career, March's role is the kind Harrison Ford occasionally takes to lighten up. Benchley's Benchley (that's a plus) and Eve Arden has a great turn as an actress who must absorb withering directorial scorn for no good reason. Loretta Young is where this potentially fizzy movie goes flat in spots. She's ladylike to a fault.

After I saw this movie on TCM I decided it must've been written as a Powell-Loy vehicle -- theirs is the kind of chemistry that would've put more zip in this script. But March's performance is a treat.


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